Past Exhibitions

From Thaw to Meltdown: Soviet Paintings of the 1950s-1980s

This exhibition examines the themes of industrial work in Soviet painting in the post-Stalin era. Profound and lasting transformations in society took place after Stalin’s death in 1953.  The decades following WWII saw a gradual relaxation of the ideological restrictions previously imposed by the Communist Party.  The recognizably Stalinist painting aesthetic—highly idealized and formulaic—gave way to a more diverse thematic environment.

Exhibition review in the Star Tribune

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Taille Directe: Sculptures by Naum Mogilevsky

This display of human-form sculptures in The Museum of Russian Art’s Fireside Gallery features fourteen works by Naum Mogilevsky.  The sculptures were recently added to the Museum’s growing permanent collection through a generous gift from Marsha Shisman and the artist’s nephew, Boris Mogilevsky and are on view for the very first time publicly.

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Antiquities from Ukraine: Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations

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The Museum of Russian Art announces its exhibition of artifacts dating from the Neolithic age to the Byzantine era, unearthed in present-day Ukraine.  TMORA is proud to be one of only three American venues hosting this private collection from Kyiv, Ukraine.

Presented in conjunction with the Government of Ukraine and The Museum of National Cultural Heritage PLATAR, the exhibition include unique clay objects from one of the most ancient civilizations of the world – the Trypilian culture, which flourished approximately 7,000 years ago before disappearing in the 3rd millennium BC.

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Blue Plate
Soup Plate from Coronation Service of Nicholas I, decorated with the great arms of the Russian empire and chain of the Order of St. Andrew. 1826. 9 1/2” (diameter). Raymond F. Piper Collection.

Dinner with the Tsars: Russian Imperial Porcelain

Lower gallery

Visitor’s Guide

This exhibition brings together approximately one hundred and forty superb examples of Russian porcelain wares produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg during the rule of the Romanovs.

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Close-up of an object from The Museum of Russian Art's permanent lacquer collection. Photograph by Don Wang.

The Enchanted Art: A Legacy in Russian Lacquer

Fireside Gallery

Richly detailed, carefully crafted and colorful, the 65 lacquer miniatures on display reveal the distinct styles and unique artistry that developed in four Russian villages: Fedoskino, Kholui, Mstera and Palekh. Fairytales, literary works, historical events, and episodes from everyday life are a few of the wide-ranging themes depicted on these exquisite objects.

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Bed, late 19th-early 20th century. Vologda region, Russia. Private Collection of Susan Johnson.

A Homespun Life: Textiles of Old Russia

Lower Gallery

This original exhibition presents over one hundred artifacts revealing the rich peasant culture of northern and central Russia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Featured are towels, bed skirts, area rugs, and pillow covers, along with spinning tools, garments, and costumes produced by peasant spinners, weavers and dressmakers. Designs and patterns were specific to regional centers of production, such as the Vologda, Riazan and Nizhnii Novgorod regions represented in this exhibition.

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